Annette Gilbert (Ed.)
What does it mean to publish today? Concepts of ownership, authorship, work, accessibility and publicity are being renegotiated in the face of a changing media landscape, institutional upheavals and discursive shifts in legal, artistic and political arenas. New publishing concepts and opportunities from the experimental literature and art scene have begun to appear. Drawn from a one-day symposium/workshop at the Lettretage in Berlin, this reader of “19 texts and 69 images” by artists, publishers and scholars demonstrates that the question of publishing has moved from the margin to the center of aesthetic and academic discourse. Essays by media studies/contemporary literature scholar Paul Benzon, Vienna-based artists Michalis Pichler and Bernard Cella, founder of Wendy’s Subway (a library reading room and workshop) Matt Longabucco, graphic designer Ann Richter, curator Rachel Valinsky, Neural magazine founder Alessandro Ludovico, New York–based Armenian Iraqi–American writer K. Antranik Cassem and Moscow-based artist Vadim Zakharov, among others.
6 ½ x 9 ½ inches / 304 pp / 69 b&w
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Sabeth Buchmann, Ilse Lafer & Constanze Ruhm (Eds.)
While a number of performing arts use rehearsals as part of their artistic process, the rehearsal is relatively new to contemporary art discourse. Looking at rehearsals as a methodology, this reader from the ongoing Academy of Fine Arts Vienna series offers a timely reappraisal of authorship, teamwork and the aesthetics and politics of the unfinished project. Looking at the work of Yvonne Rainer, Maya Schweitzer and others, Berlin-based art theorist Sabeth Buchmann investigates the rehearsal as both tool and site of artistic process and improvisation. Additional contributors focus on artistic practices as sites of production; rules and power relations within contemporary art; teamwork-based, net-based or systemic forms of collaboration. The reader coincides with a three-part event of the same title in Montreal organized by Buchmann, curator Ilse Lafer, and artist Constanze Ruhm bringing over 30 international artists together to address the rehearsal as medium, and artworks in terms of production, reception and their relationship to institutional power.
6 ½ x 8 ½ in. / 224 pp / Extensive b&w and color
Retail Price: $27.00
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS, VIENNA